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Our Denomination


Our Denomination

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The Evangelical Covenant Church is a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.

The Evangelical Covenant Church is:

  • Evangelical, but not exclusive
  • Biblical, but not doctrinaire
  • Traditional, but not rigid
  • Congregational, but not independent

We are united by Christ in a holy covenant of churches empowered by the Holy Spirit to obey the great commandments and the great commission: to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to go into all the world and make disciples.

East Coast Conference


East Coast Conference


The East Coast Conference

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The East Coast Conference is one of the eight regional conferences in the Evangelical Covenant Church. The conference is called to carry out our mission to the peoples in twelve east coast states and the District of Columbia: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, eastern New York, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. We are a movement of God, organized in 1889. We are gathered by God, united in Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to obey the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

Believing we are a movement of God, the mission of the Conference is to:

  • Multiply congregations, by planting new missional churches
  • Orchestrate ministries, by connecting district churches for shared ministry & mission
  • Vitalize congregations, by coaching pastors and church leaders to embrace renewal
  • Empower leaders, by building a culture of trustworthy Christian leadership

Council of Churches


Council of Churches


Attleboro Area Council of Churches

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The Attleboro Area Council of Churches is a network of Churches and volunteers focused on serving those in need; families, children, homeless, hungry, elderly, and ill. To meet the emergency food needs of this region, we run 6 soup kitchens, two Family Cafes, and deliver Breakfast Bags.

For spiritual care during illness we employ two Chaplains at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

The Council of Churches is often first responder, meeting an extraordinarily wide range of human needs like diapers for a desperate mother, a train ticket, a night of shelter, shoes, heat, utilities, all given with a focus on personal attention, guidance and coordination with available area resources.

The Council welcomes ALL denominations and people to join in our work.

Pilgrim Pines


Pilgrim Pines


Pilgrim Pines Camp and Conference Center

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Pilgrim Pines is the camp and conference center of the East Coast Conference in the Evangelical Covenant Church dedicated to providing fantastic programs for campers of all ages. From our children's and youth camp, to our men's and women's conferences, the goal is the same - to create exciting experiences, memorable moments, and a safe place to meet God. Whether it is through our faith-stretching ropes course, phenomenal worship and teaching, unforgettable camp activities, or simply relaxing by the lake, a camping experience at Pilgrim Pines provides a breath of fresh air in the midst of our hectic world.

Pilgrim Pines invites all people from their routines into opportunities to grow, experience renewal, and enjoy re-creation and relationships, so that they will experience God through Jesus Christ.

The Vision of Pilgrim Pines is to be a ministry which partners with churches, to create shared experiences of Christian formation, recreational activities, and ministry opportunities for families, youth, and adults.

World Relief


World Relief


Covenant World Relief

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Covenant World Relief is the humanitarian aid ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

We participate in God’s transforming mission in the world through disaster relief and community development. We work with Covenanters and other partners around the world to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable who suffer from extreme poverty, hunger, disease, and injustice.

Our mission is to love, serve, and work together with the poor, the powerless, and the marginalized.

Relief is immediate assistance in times of natural or human-made disaster by providing water, shelter, and food.

Transformational Development is working with communities and families as they help themselves through micro-enterprise, micro-finance, sustainable water development, community health initiatives, agriculture, and sustainable food programs.

Seafarers Mission


Seafarers Mission


New England Seafarers Mission

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New England Seafarers Mission began in the 1880s with the arrival of the Swedish Covenant Church during the great Scandinavian immigration to the US.

Today, NESM provides services in Boston, Providence, Narragansett Bay, Portsmouth, and Portland. We have professional, paid staff in Providence and Boston, but members
of local churches in New Hampshire and Maine have taken on the ministry in those locations.

Today, NESM remains part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and we have an endorsement as a co-operating ministry of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Volunteers make up the strength of NESM and multiply our effectiveness. We encourage all people to become part of our volunteer force.